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I am a conservation ecologist, currently working as a Rare Plant Climate Impacts Postdoctoral Fellow with SE CASC (ORISE), working to provide rapid climate change risk assessments for plants on the new Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need list. I work to provide the best available science to State Wildlife Action Plan teams to support conservation planning for rare plants. My previous experience has largely been focused on my home ecosystems in Hawaii. In my PhD research, I focused on Hawaiian plants and ecosystems, conducting demographic modeling to assess the impacts of climate and biotic threats to native plant populations. I have extensive experience working with and for plant conservation agencies in Hawaii. I also currently serve as a member of the IUCN Hawaiian Islands Plants Specialist group and Conservation Planning Specialist group and as a trustee and the secretary for the Friends of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens. I strive to work at the interface of science and resource management to support effective conservation.